"The Treasures of Ancient Egypt" is a succinct but wide-ranging history of our search for knowledge about Ancient Egypt, a time-traveller's account of the story. It traces the interest in ancient Egypt from imperial Rome through Arab travellers and historians, the Renaissance in Europe, the early travellers and Napoleon's Egyptian expedition to the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs by Jean-Francois Champollion in 1822 and the subsequent development of Egyptology as a scholarly subject, right to the present. Memorabilia items include the following: one of the first maps of Egypt made by Paul Lucas over the course of three voyages between 1699 and 1717; papers Relating to to Richard Lepsius' 1840s Prussian expedition to record ancient monuments; Howard Carter's diary recording the day he discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun; and, watercolours by Auguste Mariette produced during his discovery of the Memphite Serapeum in the 1850s.
The Ancient Egyptian Civilization; The Eclipse of Ancient Egyptian Civilization and the Surviving Legacy of Ancient Egypt; Arab Knowledge of Ancient Egyptian Monuments in the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance and Rediscovery of Ancient Egypt by Europe; Early Travellers to Egypt; Napoleon's Expedition; The Decipherment of Egyptian Hieroglyphs; The Consuls and the First Systematic Excavations in Egypt; The Epigraphists and the Copying of Monuments; Richard Lepsius's Expedition; The Pyramids and the Pyramid Texts; Auguste Mariette and the Memphite Serapeum; Bringing Egypt Home and Egyptomania; Egypt Crosses the Atlantic; Face to Face with the Pharaohs; The Rediscovery of the Capital of Akhenaten; Reconstructing the History of Ancient Egypt; Excavations at Karnak and Luxor; Rediscovering the Earliest Egyptian History; The Valley of the Kings; Deir el-Medina; Howard Carter's discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun; Excavations at Giza, Saqqara and Abusir; The discovery of the Royal Tombs at Tanis and Archaeology of the Delta; The Nubian Campaigns; The Rediscovery of Ancient Memphis; The Sunken Treasures; Archaeology in the Oases and the Deserts; The Future. How Egyptology Organizes Itself and Its Knowledge, and Where to Now?